The TRL champs blank North Salem 3-0 in Saturdays first round of the Class 6A state playoffs

by: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - North Salems goalie is a step too slow as Clackamas senior Adan Trejo pounds the ball into the net for a goal in Saturdays 3-0 playoff win over the Vikings.The Three Rivers League champion Clackamas Cavaliers continued on track in boys soccer Saturday, as they dispatched with North Salem 3-0 in a Class 6A first-round state playoff game at Clackamas.

It was the fifth straight shutout and the seventh shutout of the season for the Cavaliers, who had outscored their first 16 opponents 46-14 en route to a 14-1-1 record and an eighth-in-the-state OSAA ranking.

The Cavaliers were to host ninth-ranked South Medford (11-3-0) in the Tuesday (Nov. 6) round of 16, with the winner of that game likely to play 16th-ranked Forest Grove (11-4-1) at Forest Grove in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Junior Aaron Ahlstrom headed up the effort on offense in the shutout of North Salem, scoring twice in the first half. Senior forward Adan Trejo added the third tally to make it 3-0 at halftime.

Ahlstrom scored his first goal unassisted after stealing the ball off a North Salem defender; his second tally was on a rebound shot, when he found himself wide open on top of the six-yard box in possession of a ball that deflected off a defender.

Trejo’s goal came off a set piece, where he received a pass from Ian Tarnovsky in front of the goal and powered it past the keeper.

Senior keeper Aiden Turner was in-goal for Clackamas in the shutout.

Oregon City was the only other Three Rivers League boys soccer team to advance past the first round of the playoffs. The Pioneers won a 3-2 barnburner at 11th-ranked Grants Pass on Saturday.

The Pioneers (8-5-2) were to play undefeated and sixth-ranked Central Catholic (11-0-3) on the road in the Nov. 6 second round. With an upset of the Rams, the Pioneers would host the winner of a second-round game between third-ranked Jesuit (13-1-1) and 14th-ranked David Douglas (7-3-4) in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

In other first-round playoff games involving TRL teams, Central Catholic blanked Canby 4-0, tenth-ranked South Eugene shut out Lakeridge 4-0, and 13th-ranked West Salem dropped Lake Oswego 3-1.

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